Rent Haunt (2014)

2.7 of 5 from 56 ratings
1h 22min
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Synopsis:
Years ago, Dr. Janet Morello saw her entire family die in their house under tragic and gruesome circumstances. Wanting a change of scenery, she sells her home to the Asher family, including teenage son Evan. Evan is the only one suspicious about his family's supposed new dream house, and after striking up a friendship with his troubled neighbor Samantha, discovers a way to communicate with the ghosts of the slaughtered Morello family. Soon, Evan and Samantha's morbid curiosity into the supernatural turns dangerous as the spirits start to manifest themselves in the physical world. Now, despite the warnings of Dr.
Morello, the teens are determined to discover the terrible secrets that surround these ghastly apparitions and send them back to the realm of the dead before it's too late.
Actors:
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Directors:
Mac Carter
Producers:
Bill Block, Paul Hanson, John Hegeman, Anton Lessine, Sasha Shapiro, Steven Schneider
Writers:
Andrew Barrer
Aka:
Blue Skeleton
Studio:
Signature Entertainment
Genres:
Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/10/2015
Run Time:
82 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (1) of Haunt

Spoilers follow ... - Haunt review by NP

Spoiler Alert
18/01/2018

I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. When the accompanying blurb tells of a family that moves into a house with a frightening past, fears arise of a certain degree of predictability and series of events that have been used time and time again.

In all honesty, ‘Haunt’ doesn’t exactly push the envelope to escape the limitations of the format, but what it does, it does well. The family are fine, intelligent and believable. The story, however, belongs to Evan, the son, and Sam, the girl he finds alone in the woods nearby. Harrison Gilbertson and Liana Liberato are attractive, appealing leads. Their prominence does however ensure other family members appear under-written. The youngest daughter Anita (Ella Harris), for example, shows signs of spectral communication with whatever presence is in the house, but this comes to nothing. Eldest daughter sensible Sarah (Daniella C. Ryan) is largely superfluous.

A crystal radio is used to perform a séance. This might be the most effective part of the story. When static-fuzzed voices and noises begin coming through this vintage machinery, the effects are chilling.

Other than that, ‘Haunt’ is a slow-burning, often character-based story that hots up towards the end, providing an unexpected climax.

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